Sergent claims wet Eneco time trial
Fri, 12 Aug 17:04:00 2011
Jesse Sergent of Radioshack triumphed on the Eneco Tour stage four time trial in Roermond, which was affected by a downpour midway through.
Sergent went round the 14.7km course in 17 minutes 55 seconds in the earlier dry conditions and was not challenged due to the weather which hit soon afterwards.
The rain had stopped by the time the favourites competed, but the roads remained too wet to take risks.
In eighth was Taylor Phinney (BCM Racing), the highest-placed of the GC contenders on the day. He is now fourth overall, 27s behind new leader Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), who was ninth and two seconds off Phinney's time.
Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) lost the GC lead after finishing 17s back from his rival. He is 12s off the pace overall.
David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) is third after finishing 17th on the day.
Millar tweeted: "I'm embarrassed at how slowly I cornered. I'll be mainly hanging my head in shame this evening. EBH=worthy leader."
There are two stages remaining, both quite flat with steady climbs.
Tour of Benelux : stage 4